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Aquador 28 Cabin

7th May 2008

Big Sister Turns Heads 

The Aquador 28 Cabin from MGM Marine has just made its Irish debut into a market that has seen great success for its little sister, the Aquador 26HT 

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Over 150 26s have been sold, making it one of the most popular Aquadors ever built, and the big sister has attracted positive reviews from across the motorboat press since its launch. At home in rough waters, family boaters will again be attracted to the €190,000 model because of its beamy interior, closable back waters and, most of all, the walk-around deck. All this, and a hard top, ensure that it’s particularly well-suited to Irish conditions. No surprise, given that its Finnish builders have to contend with weather conditions that are more severe. The cockpit offers shelter, but it also manages to avoid that confined feel, thanks in part to the two sunroofs, and there’s plenty of head room around the cockpit.

There are also plenty of hand-holds around the side deck, which is always important. Down below, there’s an intelligent use of space and no skimping on detail. A separate cabin and an inviting dinette are warm and cosy, and part of the problem on this boat will be deciding whether to spend more time up top or down below. The toilet compartment doubles as a shower. With all this detail and luxury, you might be forgiven for expecting that the 28 Cabin would be a little sluggish in the water. Nothing could be further from the truth. Its deep-vee hull ensures a quick and easy lift onto the plane, and a soft ride thereafter.

Engine options start with the 300hp Volvo Penta D4, but you could go all the way up to the 370hp D6, giving a top speed of 40 knots. In fact, the lower range engine is probably all you need on a boat this size, and she’s well able for a few sporty turns into the bargain. Teak decking comes as standard on the bathing platform, foredeck and cockpit, which is another nice touch from the Finns. All told, the Aquador 28 emerges as a serious competitor in a class that’s becoming crowded with able contenders.

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